Friday, January 9, 2009

Best Books of 2008

What was your favorite book in 2008? I have three.

My favorite of the books published in 2008 was Lush Life by Richard Price. If you enjoy police procedurals with a literary bent, his book was wonderful. Price was a writer for the acclaimed television series The Wire. So, if you enjoyed the television series and haven't read Lush Life, you have a real treat ahead of you. I especially enjoyed the audio version narrated by Bobby Cannavale.

Also last year I loved two books that published a few years ago: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenidies (again I enjoyed the audio version) and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

Both books have surprising topics. Middlesex is about several generations of a Greek-American family, and the surprising genetic twist that produces a hermaphrodite. Sounds odd, but it is wonderfully, and humorously told.

Water for Elephants is about running away to join the circus. Not something you read about everyday

I highly recommend all three books and look forward to hearing your recommendations.


Nathan Martin said...

One of my favorite reads this year was Lance Armstrong's Every Second Counts. I listened to the CD version which I borrowed from the Shippensburg Library. Actually both of Lance's books are very inspirational and I would recommend to all.

Anonymous said...

It is truly hard to pick a favorite, but I really enjoyed Sharon Foster Ewell's Abraham's Well, a telling of the Trail of Tears from a different (at least one that I was not aware of) perspective. Then, someone (whom I respect greatly) recommended The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I liked it so much that it will be one of the books I will choose for my book group to read and discuss this coming year. On a younger level, I enjoyed The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Other than that, I am usually one that whatever book I am reading (with the exception of a few that have been chosen for book group discussions) is my "favorite".

Anonymous said...

"The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. It is an amazingly written story and I miss Edgar. It's one I'll read again.

I received a Kindle this year and have downloaded a preview sample of "Lush Life. Thanks.

The other book I enjoyed was the "The White Tiger: A Novel" by Aravind Adiga.

The seven letters to "His Excellency Wen Jiabao ...Capital of the Freedom-loving Nation of China from the desk of A Thinking Man and Entrepreneur Living in the world's center of Technology and Outsourcing Electronics City Phase 1 (just off Hosur Main Road) Bangalore, India" are priceless and fascinating. By the way the Thinking Man is a Chauffeurs/ Cab Driver (fictionall) who pretends he cannot read.

You may already have met and read Susan Perabo. Our book club invited her to dinner. We read both her books "Who I was Supposed to Be" (short stories) and "The Broken Places" (novel". The short stories are startling. Enough said.